Be On Time

Being on time for work, especially if it’s your first day, is mission critical to your perceived performance by others, and is likely just as important as what you wear as far as first impressions go. Regardless of what type of job you are doing, being on time and managing your time wisely are key skills to have. Such competencies clearly shows how committed and professional you are, and are traits that your company will look for in order to deem you a valuable team player who takes their job and their co-workers seriously.

Be Early

One great tip on how to exercise good time management is to be so prepared that you are early.

So, the first tip is to make sure to set your alarm the night before your first day at work to a much earlier time than you believe you should be getting up. You should do this even if you believe you are already 100 percent prepared. You never know what small kinks in your plan may occur without warning.

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Secondly, try to make it to work earlier than you are expected to show up. Not only does it show your commitment and serious intent, but it also will give you a few minutes to get ready. So, make sure you leave home with sufficient time to spare in order to arrive at work about 15 minutes ahead of time. Remember, you are likely driving a route to work that is new and unfamiliar to you, and so traffic jams, detours, and accidents are all possibilities. You will also need time to navigate your new office building, so plan time for that as well.

Be Attentive

On your first day at your new job, after you’ve arrived early and have made a good impression, it’s still important to make sure you are an attentive employee, remaining professional and courteous, even if your workplace is the ultra-laidback and creative Google headquarters. Some tips to consider are: making sure your cell phone is not going to be ringing every 5 minutes (especially if you have an exceptionally obnoxious ring tone). Also, regarding your phone, it may actually be a wise thing for you to refrain from talking on it at all during the first few days while at work. Even if you see your fellow employees talking on their cell phones, doing the same thing on your first day may end up making you seem too forward, and can send the wrong message to your supervisors. On a related note, until you’ve gotten the gist of what the office guidelines are in terms of internet etiquette, make sure to avoid playing online games while at work, or shopping from websites, etc.

Stay Late

A final tip for getting through your first day (and week) at your new job, is try your best to stay a little later at work than expected. So if you are usually finished your shift at 4:30, plan to stay an extra half hour or so. Take the extra time to work through tasks such as finishing paperwork that human resources sent to you. You can also recap your day by taking some notes on what you have learned at work, including jotting down all the names of the new people you’ve met that day so you can remember for the next day. Overall, by not being the first worker to punch out for the day, you are demonstrating to everyone that you are committed and not just there to get paid.